EWC Foundation Announces Recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award
April 11, 2005
(Torrington, WY) Dr. Hortensia Soto-Johnson has been selected by the Eastern Wyoming College Foundation as the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award. Soto-Johnson earned an Associate of Arts degree from EWC in 1986. She then transferred to Chadron State College, and in three years had earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Mathematics Education. She went on to earn a second Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Educational Mathematics in 1996 from the University of Northern Colorado.
Soto-Johnson's teaching career began at the University of Southern Colorado in 1989, as the Director of the Mathematics Learning Center. Six years later she was promoted to Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor of mathematics. In 2003, Soto-Johnson transferred to Colorado State University in Pueblo where she serves as Associate Professor of mathematics and supervises student teachers.
Several research publications and projects contain her by-line as she has contributed to over a dozen different projects. She has also been invited to present and contributed to several presentations across the United States.
Hard-work and commitment to education has led to her winning several awards and also being awarded 10 different grants to further mathematics, research, and higher education.
"Tensia" was nominated by EWC mathematics instructor Kit Earl. "She would come to class and tell me that she had such fun doing her assigned homework. I am extremely proud of Tensia and of her many accomplishments in the years since then."
When asked about being named the 2005 Eastern Wyoming College Distinguished Alumni, Soto-Johnson had the following response, "I am very proud to be the recipient of this award and would like to thank Kit Earl for nominating me. My time at EWC was a time of making great friends and it is where I discovered my path in life. So many people at EWC encouraged me to continue to take more mathematics classes and frequently recommended me to tutor mathematics. It was because of these mentors that I realized that teaching mathematics was my passion! I hope that I am as instrumental in my students' lives and career paths as the EWC community was in my life."
For more information about the Eastern Wyoming College Foundation, please contact Lynnea Bartlett at 307.532